WEDNESDAY 18 MAY, 2016
LOCHRANZA TO CORRIE
11 MILES 4.5 HOURS
MORRIS, GEORGE, BILLY, JOHN, STEWART, BILL, JAMES, ALAN, BRIAN AND PHIL
DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1458 MILES
After breakfast we loaded up the minibus and drove to the ferry pier at Claonaig (Skipness) where we caught the ferry over to Lochranza on Arran. It rained quite heavily as we waited on the ferry arriving. The crossing on the small ferry was quite smooth although the rain kept us inside.
James, Allan, Brian and Phil travelled to Ardrossan and crossed on the ferry to Brodick where we had arranged to meet them. After a tea break we all travelled back to Lochranza dropping Alan’s car at Corrie on the way.
The rain had gone off when we started the days walk near the Field Study Centre at Lochranza taking the minor road over the river beside the golf course and round to Newton Point where we were fortunate to see some deer close by in a field. From here we followed the easy Arran Coastal Path (which runs very close to the sea) passed the bothy at Laggan all the way to Sannox Bay. Although the path can be clearly seen some parts of it are undulating and required hands on scrambling. An enjoyable feature of this walk was the abundance of sea birds, seals and unusual rock formations we viewed along the way. On arrival at Corrie Stewart and Allan left to retrieve the minibus while the rest of us enjoyed a refreshing pint and some snacks in the garden of the hotel. From here it was a short drive to our accommodation for the next three nights at the Invercloy Hotel in Brodick.
Summary; A really nice walk as close as you will get to the sea. One or two undulating rocky areas which would be difficult for those less fit or unconfident. Other than that easy walking with good underfoot conditions. A feature of the Arran coastal path seems to be a lack of way marker posts, in fact none to be seen on this section???
Highs; All very enjoyable….saw lots of wildlife and some great rock formations.
Lows; A bit of rain at the start but it did not damper our spirits.
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